Founded on the banks of the
mighty Manuwatu River in 1866, Palmerston North has flourished in the shadow
of the majestic Tararu Ranges to the east and is now home to 78,000
inhabitants. The city has a vibrant student population attending
Massey University and
UCOL Polytechnic, has a
prosperous diary industry and with a small international airport, road and
rail hub the city is strategically positioned as a convenient service city.
New Zealand’s sixth largest city has a developing café culture, numerous
world class restaurants, a lively nightlife and many attractions to
entertain visitors. Museums, wildlife parks, outdoor activities like horse
trekking and canoeing and extreme sports from skydiving to white water
rafting abound to fill the day.
Palmerston North is also New Zealand’s other windy city (after
Wellington). The city has many fine gardens, a good selection of shopping
and its central location puts it close enough to many attractions a short
drive out of town. Make sure you check out what is on at
or the Regent Theatre
while you’re in town and see one of their excellent live performances.
Palmerston North has reasonably priced accommodation, is off the main
tourist route but has many exciting and entertaining attractions; while
you’re here you will see a piece of the real New Zealand.